The study attempted to determine the level of waste management practices of secondary school canteens in the province of Ilocos Sur with the canteen managers, canteen staff and students as the respondents.
The level of waste management practices was measured through the extent of the implementation of canteen policies by the administrators, personnel, and students and the effectiveness in canteens management along with the four areas on meal planning, services delivered, physical facilities and location, and lay-out of the canteen. Data were gathered through the use of the three sets of questionnaires one of which was developed by the researchers and was content-validated by experts.
The findings of the investigation revealed that the level of waste management practices of the secondary school canteens along the extent of the implementation of canteen policies is “Very High” and along the canteen management is justified to be “Effective”. Results of the study further showed a number of significant relationships between and among variables considered in the undertaking.
In the light of the research findings, it is generally recommended that the secondary school canteens covered in the study should be incessantly motivated to support the Ecological Waste Management Act of 2000 through the stringent implementation of their school canteen policies and through the adherence of quality and effective canteen management that caters to the different nutritional needs of the whole school population.